Individualised supplementation of grazing cows - how does it stack up?
In-shed feeding systems capable of feeding cows individually are likely to become more common on New Zealand dairy farms as farmers invest in more technology. But DairyNZ research shows there’s no evidence that individualised feeding improves milk production or profitability.
Pasture renewal in the upper North Island - what are the benefits?
Concerns over pasture persistence, pests and drought have prompted upper North Island farmers to be dubious about the benefits of pasture renewal. But a five-year study of 24 pastures on Waikato and Bay of Plenty farms found substantial benefits.
How to protect your cows against facial eczema this summer
Facial eczema (FE) is costly and can damage New Zealand’s dairying reputation, while sub-clinical FE damage is estimated to be a problem on at least a third of dairy farms in the North Island. Research shows that while zinc remains the best protection tool against FE, most farmers are under-dosing.